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Family of Catherine Wells-Burr dismayed that her killers could serve shorter sentences

By Western Daily Press  |  Posted: January 14, 2014

Jayne and Philip Wells-Burr

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The parents of Catherine Wells-Burr have expressed their dismay that two of the three people convicted of her murder could serve shorter sentences.

Rafal Nowak, Anna Lagwinowicz and Tadevsz Dmytryszyn were handed minimum sentences of 32 years last year for the murder of the Chard woman. But it has emerged Nowak and Lagwinowicz applied to serve the remainder in their native Poland, where they could see it cut to 25 years.

Jayne Wells-Burr, Catherine's mother, said: "We feel absolutely awful. It is bad enough that life doesn't mean life in this country, but what would it say about our justice system if they are allowed to cut their terms?

"It seems like they are being rewarded and allowed to go home early – it's like Catherine died in vain.

"We have written to a whole host of politicians and people of authority including the Prime Minister to fight this, which we are doing not just for us but for all other families in a similar situation."

On Thursday, nine police officers and staff were honoured at an awards ceremony for their work in bringing the trio to justice for Catherine's murder.

Mrs Wells-Burr welcomed the awards. She said: "The family is so proud and pleased that they have been recognised for their hard work on Catherine's murder investigation.

"It goes to show how much they cared and how much effort they put in."

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